Brewing dozens of beers and serving a diverse menu that goes far beyond pub grub isn't enough for Standing Stone Brewing Co.
The downtown brew pub is an Ashland favorite for supporting the locavore movement, the environment and employee well-being.
Standing Stone purchases Ashland rancher Dave Westerberg's Angus steers for all its burgers. Customer preference for quality, sustainability and support of the local economy is evident in increased burger sales: nearly 20 percent over the previous year, says owner Alex Amarotico.
Over the past decade, the 14-year-old pub went from recycling, composting and using energy-efficient appliances to transforming almost all deep-fryer oil into biodiesel, offsetting nearly 20 percent of its carbon emissions with energy credits and generating a small amount of solar power in a bid toward zero net energy use, says Amarotico.
Those efforts earned Standing Stone recognition in 2009 among Oregon Business Magazine's "100 Best Green Businesses" and "100 Best Green Companies to Work For." That year, Standing Stone custom-fitted new, 24-speed Kona bicycles for 17 employees to ride to work at least 45 days a year.
Recommended: Any of the four burgers from Westerberg's cattle, which spend their lives grazing chemical-free pasture three miles from the restaurant. Bison burgers hail from Williams' Full Circle, and lamb travels a bit farther from the Umpqua Valley.
Alternative diets: Vegetarian appetizers, chili, pizzas and pasta; tofu Reuben and curry; tempeh wrap and stir-fry.
Beverages: House-brewed beers and local wines on tap; local, other domestic and imported wines by the glass and bottle; spirits; draft, bottled and fountain sodas; juices, teas and coffees.
Price range: Appetizers, $4 to $11; soups, $5 to $7; salads, $5 to $16; sandwiches, $8 to $14; burgers, $7 to $13; pizza, $9 to $12; entrees, $13 to $19; desserts, $4 to $6.
Extras: Outdoor seating; Sunday live music; special tasting events and beer dinners; street parking.
Serving: Lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 101 Oak St.; 541-482-2488; www.standingstonebrewing.com.
Callahan's Siskiyou Lodge
Cuisine and scene: Iconic mountain lodge serves three rib-sticking squares to overnight guests and day-trippers alike. Nestled at the base of Mount Ashland — a 20-minute drive south of downtown — it offers cool, mountain breezes in summer and warm fires in winter.
Recommended: Signature veal scallopini; prime rib; Mediterranean eggplant; award-winning chocolate-chili torte.
Alternative diets: Several vegetarian breakfast dishes; lunch salads and dinner entrees.
Beverages: Local, other domestic and imported wines by the glass and bottle; bottled and draft beers; cocktails menu; full bar.
Price range: Breakfast, $7 to $12; lunch, $9 to $12; dinner, $15 to $30; desserts, $6 to $9.
Extras: Overnight accommodations; picturesque grounds and rustic lodge decor; just off Interstate 5; reservations recommended.
Serving: Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, until 2 p.m. Sunday; lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. daily.
Info: 7100 Old Highway 99 South; 541-482-1299; www.callahanslodge.com.
Mix Sweet Shop
Cuisine and scene: Hipster Pacific Northwest-style coffee shop meets European-style patisserie. Brainchild of fine-dining restaurateurs Jamie North and Erik Brown, the bakery produces all the bread for their Amuse and clientele craving fresh, Old World baguettes and boules.
Recommended: Tartines combining seasonal ingredients like tomato and basil on mini baguettes; fresh-fruit tarts; sweet and savory croissants; innovative ice-cream flavors like Greek yogurt and basil.
Alternative diets: Some locally produced and organic ingredients; nondairy milk and ice cream.
Beverages: Full menu of Stumptown coffees; teas; bottled juices and other beverages.
Price range: Sweets and pastries, 75 cents to $4; ice cream, $2 to $3; beverages, $1.75 to $5.
Extras: Free wireless Internet; outdoor seating on the corner of Ashland Plaza; street and Plaza parking.
Serving: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Info: 57 N. First St.; 541-488-9885.